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2012 BMW X6 and X5 xDrive 35i Review

Monday March 26th, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

For: Stand Alone Looks, Opulent Front Cabin
Against: Bus-Like Steering,  Wheel Position

In contrast to their family-sized SUV, the X5, BMW considers the X6 to be a “personal” sports ute, meaning it’s designed primarily for two, with a nod to accommodating four in a pinch. You can thank the X6’ severely sloping roofline for the reduction in passenger (and cargo) carrying capacity. That fastback roof is not the only feature that differentiates the X6 from the X5. The X6 also sells for a substantially higher premium than its more utilitarian stablemate. Base price for the X6 we tested is $58,900, versus $48,095 for a comparable 3.0 liter turbocharged X5.

Of course, $58,095 is just the starting point for the X6, because you’ll want to personalize your ride with a host of pricey options. Ours had the following extras appended to its bottom line: Cold Weather Package for $750, Premium Package (Rear View Camera, Keyless Entry, 4-Zone Climate Control, Navigation) for $3,500, Premium Sound Package for $1,500, Sport Package (Adaptive Drive, 19 inch Alloys) for $4,600, Multi-Contour Seats for $950, and Technology Package (Auto Hi-Beams, Side View Camera and Head-Up Display) for $1,700. Throw in a few less consequential extras like a Space Saver Spare ($150) and Running Boards ($300) and you’vegot yourself a $73,825 vehicle.

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2012 BMW X3 xDrive35i Review

Tuesday March 20th, 2012 at 2:33 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

For: Handling Acumen, Spacious Cockpit, Huge Silent Sunroof
Against: Jerky Throttle Tip-in

The North Main exit from Southbound I-680 in Walnut Creek is a prodigious feat of engineering. It’s a perfectly banked, 2 lane wide off ramp that reverses direction 180 degrees, lasts nearly a quarter of a mile, and tests handling like no other piece of road in the Bay Area. Late one night, in light traffic, I tossed BMW’s turbocharged, all-wheel-drive X3 into the endless North Main sweeper, not expecting a whole lot of grip from either the top heavy SUV, or its all-season Goodyear tires.

Entering the turn, I could see a pair of single headlights closing rapidly in my mirror. But by the time I reached North Main, there was no one in sight behind me. The X3 had danced through the sweeper with agility equal to BMW’s best sports sedan, the M3. While stopped at the next traffic light on North Main, those lights that vanished on the off ramp reappeared next to me. The driver of a Porsche Boxster Spyder was looking at my X3 with open-mouthed astonishment. His face said it all: how could your clunky-looking SUV put my precious Porsche to shame? And worse yet, do so in a never-ending corner of all places!

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2011 BMW 1 Series M Review

Wednesday October 19th, 2011 at 3:1010 PM
Posted by: mtan

2011 BMW 1-Series M
By Ming Tan

Pros

  • M heritage
  • Powerful and smooth revving 3.0 liter Twinpower Turbo inline 6
  • Unmistakable styling with an aggressive edge

Cons

  • Rubbery shifter diminishes that precise feel of the car
  • Minor exhaust drone
  • Some minor body aesthetic details

I love BMW M cars. I’ve fancied all the generations of M3’s over the years, of course starting with the E30 back in the late 80’s. I love the uniqueness that these special cars bring to the table. I love the double take that I often have to give to these cars when they drive by. And admittedly, I love the hype that builds every time a new M car is due to be released. It’s always interesting to experience the launching of a new BMW. But for car enthusiasts, we always wait to see when the M version will be coming.

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Table of Contents – Editorial Car Reviews, Feature Articles

Tuesday October 11th, 2011 at 2:1010 PM
Posted by: Derek

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Below is a comprehensive list of all the Expert Car Reviews and feature articles published on CarReview.com [updated 10/11/2011]:

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The New 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupé Photo Gallery

Friday October 7th, 2011 at 12:1010 PM
Posted by: Derek

2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe

New photos of the 3rd generation 2012 BMW  6 Series Coupe have been released. The BMW 6 Series Coupé features a sweeping coupé roofline while the long hood, short over-hangs, set-back passenger compartment with Hofmeister kink, long wheelbase and flat waistline embody the typical proportions of a BMW coupé more than any other model. Its now traditional BMW “shark nose”, with a large, forward-slanted BMW kidney grille, broad air intakes, wide, contoured bonnet and muscular wheel arches, allude to the powerful engine beneath. Inspired by the movement of water, the fluid lines of the car combine with the subtly curved surfaces to create a look of athletic elegance, which together with the 74mm increase in length and 5mm lower height creates a powerful stance.

Two BMW turbocharged engines, a newly developed chassis and a host of class-leading driver assistance technology ensure that the new BMW 6 Series Coupé is full of substance, while interior space and comfort have been enhanced.

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2012 BMW 650i Convertible Review – The all-new 2012 6-series is ready for the red carpet

Tuesday September 20th, 2011 at 9:99 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

2012 BMW 650i Convertible
By David Colman

Likes:

  • Drop Dead Gorgeous Inside and Out
  • More interior space for occupants

Dislikes:

  • Unpredictable Handling at the Limit

BMW has reintroduced the 650i as a 2012 model after a short break in production. Although the coupe will be available shortly, the first version offered is the convertible, which retails for a healthy base price of $90,500. When you add in the slew of options that equipped our test car, the retail price soars to more than $105,000. If you’re looking for beauty and exclusivity, then the revamped 650i is worth the price of admission. But if sports car performance is your aim, then you may want to look elsewhere for your ride.

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2011 BMW M3 Coupe Review

Thursday September 1st, 2011 at 12:99 PM
Posted by: the911guy

2011 BMW M3

Pros:

  • Smooth lines, appeals to the female eye
  • Bavarian Corvette in four seat clothing
  • Anti-bling, subtle cues says this one means business

Cons:

  • Thirsty
  • Uninspired interior
  • Bit of a Heavyweight

The BMW M3 has long been the benchmark for luxury sports cars. From the original E30 M3, which was created to homologate the M3 for Group A Touring Car racing, to the wildly successful E36 M3, offered in both sedan and coupe styles, to the E46 M3 with its screaming inline 6 and SMG (semi-manual) transmission, nothing else has offered such a sublime marriage of ultimate performance with luxury and daily driveability.

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BMW “Don’t Txt & Drive” Ad Campaign

Monday June 6th, 2011 at 12:66 PM
Posted by: aquadog

BMW is launching their “Don’t Txt & Drive” national advertising campaign of tv, print, online and radio messages designed to raise awareness and show the consequences of distracted driving. The campaign theme of “Don’t Txt & Drive – When the Engine Starts the Texting Stops” will illustrate different situations of careless parents endangering their children with distracted driving and will run from June throughout the year.

The U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood states that, “Distracted driving is an epidemic in America, and it has deadly consequences for thousands of people on our roads each year”. The U.S. Department of Transportation also provides shocking statistics that nearly 5500 people died in car accidents in 2009  involving distracted drivers, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that nearly 87 percent of teens admit they text while driving. All of this has prompted BMW to become involved in this campagin of urging drivers to put down their phones and focus on the road. Jim O’Donnell, CEO of BMW of North America states, “We developed this campaign to be impactful in hopes of evoking emotion and conveying the serious dangers of distracted driving and its potential consequences.” In efforts to reach out to teens, the “Don’t Txt & Drive” message will also be incorporated in more than 100 teen driving schools across the United States.

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2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i Review – The new X3 is bigger, more comfortable, and a moving performer

Tuesday May 17th, 2011 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: berrichondanny

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By Danny Chang

Pros:

  • Tight & confident handling
  • Decent acceleration
  • Refined interior & build quality

Cons:

  • Styling is a step back in time
  • 8-speed automatic is too shift-happy
  • Lacks personality

The second generation BMW X3 is almost the size of the first generation X5. BMW has added to the overall length, width and height, as well as a tiny bit to the wheelbase. The benefits are rear passenger legroom, headroom for all passengers and cargo room. Despite its bigger size, the second generation X3 still reminds you of the original, smaller X3, at least from the front. From the back, the new X3 resembles the new designs of the X5 and X6.

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2011 BMW Alpina B7 First Impressions Review

Monday April 4th, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

By contributing editor David Colman

Hits

  • Exotic but factory warranted
  • Limited production
  • Stable and comfortable

Misses:

  • Still large and heavy
  • Taxed as gas guzzler

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